Female Horror Directors

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1.
“ - Undetected (short, 2012)
- Unbuckled (short, 2013) ” - lord_ruthven
 
2.
Valeria Appel
Miscellaneous Crew, Blood Diamond
“ - Locked In (short, 2012) ” - lord_ruthven
 
3.
“ - The Mafu Cage (1978) ” - lord_ruthven
 
4.
Tara-Nicole Azarian
Actress, Game Shakers
Tara-Nicole is an American actress who graduated High School, with honors, at the age of 14. At 15, she had already won 5 Telly Awards for her writing and directing. At 16 she had written and directed 6 short films, 2 web shows and her work had shown at over 140 film festivals both Nationally and Internationally...
“ - Sybling Rivalry (short, 2011) ” - lord_ruthven
 
5.
Amy Lynn Best
Amy Lynn Best is a trained dancer and actress who started in the business by co-producing the independent feature horror film, The Resurrection Game, and co-stars as the pop psychologist turned zombie exterminator, Sister Mary Bliss. Like many independent film producers, Amy learned the film business from the ground up...
“ - Severe Injuries (2003)
- Blood Bath: Blood Wrestling Volume I (2007)
- Splatter Movie: The Director's Cut (2008) ” - lord_ruthven
 
6.
Angela Bettis
Actress, May
Angela Bettis was born January 9, 1973 in Austin, Texas, to Mary Lynn and Richard Joseph Bettis. She graduated from Westlake High School before making her debut film appearance in Franco Zeffirelli's Sparrow, after the film, she enrolled at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and later went on to support Winona Ryder in Girl, Interrupted...
“ - The ABCs of Death (2012) ” - lord_ruthven
 
7.
Kathryn Bigelow
Director, The Hurt Locker
A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be critiqued by people like Richard Serra...
“ - Near Dark (1987) ” - lord_ruthven
 
8.
“ - Ravenous (1999) ” - lord_ruthven
 
9.
Melantha Blackthorne
Actress, 19-2
The desire to perform began early for Melantha, by the age of 6 she was studying classical ballet and continued to do so until her early teens. She loved the thrill of performing on stage and decided to enroll in her secondary school's dramatic arts program. These early performances cemented her passion for acting...
“ - Sinners and Saints (2004)
- Countess Bathoria's Graveyard Picture Show (2007) ” - lord_ruthven
 
10.
“ - Cannibalism (2002)
- Forced Entry (2002) ” - lord_ruthven
 
11.
Lori Bowen
Writer, I Am Monster
Lori Bowen was born in North Canton, Ohio, and moved to Sarasota, Florida, ten years later. Although she showed a proclivity for writing and performing at an early age, she didn't consider a career in the arts until, when in sixth grade, she became the editor for Brookside Middle School's weekly ten...
“ - Without/Within (short, 2008)
- Aftershock (short, 2008)
- JustUs (short, 2011)
- A Hammer Fell in Jerusalem: And Be at Rest. (short, 2011)
- Stella Buio (short, 2012)
- I Am Monster (short, 2013) ” - lord_ruthven
 
12.
Deborah Brock
Director, Spoilerland
In 2013, DG won "Best Feature Director" at the Los Angeles International Femme Festival and was selected for a six city screening/speaking tour with "MisAdventures of the Dunderheads", the dark comedy/drama starring Alison Brie and Olympia Dukakis. Subsequently, the feature was picked up by Starz Media for their channels, and is now available in VOD on Amazon Prime...
“ - Slumber Party Massacre II (1987) ” - lord_ruthven
 
13.
Tara Cardinal
Originally from a tourist town in Canada, Cardinal was shuffled around until she ended up in foster care. At 12 years old, she co-founded a peer counseling organization dedicated to assisting children suffering from sexual abuse. By 16 she'd decided to move to the US to live the American dream, working 3 jobs to make ends meet...
“ - Scarlet Samurai: Incarnation (2013) ” - lord_ruthven
 
14.
“ - The Last Post (short, 2011)
- Hooked (short, 2011)
- The Halloween Kid (short, 2011) ” - lord_ruthven
 
15.
“ - Catharsis (short, 2001)
- Chambre jaune (short, 2002)
- La fin de notre amour (short, 2003)
- L'etrange portrait de le dame en jaune (short, 2004)
- Amer (2009)
- The ABCs of Death (2012) ” - lord_ruthven
 
16.
“ - Hisss (2010)
- Chained (2012) ” - lord_ruthven
 
17.
“ - Pregnant and Dying (short, 2012) ” - lord_ruthven
 
18.
“ - The Earl Sessions (2011)
- Marty's House (2013) ” - lord_ruthven
 
19.
“ - Horrorshow (short, 2008) ” - lord_ruthven
 
20.
“ - Pocahauntus (2006) ” - lord_ruthven
 
21.
Holly Dale
Holly Dale is one of Canada's premiere film and television directors who has been making award-winning television and cinema for the past twenty-five years. She exhibits great versatility in her craft directing Television Pilots, Series, and Movies of the Week, as well as numerous Commercials, Documentaries...
“ - Dead Meat (short, 1989)
- Blood & Donuts (1995)
- Blood Ties (2 episodes, 2007)
- Grimm (3 episodes, 2011-2012) ” - lord_ruthven
 
22.
“ - Zombiemania (2008) ” - lord_ruthven
 
23.
Marina de Van
Marina de Van was born in France in 1971, her father being a musicologist. She studied at the Lycée Henri IV and at the Sorbonne University where she earned a degree in philosophy. Then, in 1993 she became a student at the FEMIS, the French school for cinematic studies, where she graduated in 1996....
“ - Dans ma peau (2002)
- Ne te retourne pas (2009)
- Dark Touch (2013) ” - lord_ruthven
 
24.
Julie Delpy
Actress, Before Sunset
Julie Delpy was born in Paris, France, in 1969 to Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet, both actors. She was first featured in Jean-Luc Godard's Détective at the age of fourteen. She has starred in many American and European productions since then, including Disney's The Three Musketeers, Killing Zoe...
“ - The Countess (2009) ” - lord_ruthven
 
25.
“ - Trouble Every Day (2001) ” - lord_ruthven
 
26.
“ - Kill by Inches (1999) ” - lord_ruthven
 
27.
“ - Dans ton sommeil (2010) ” - lord_ruthven
 
28.
Michelle Fatale
Producer, Dead Line
Michelle Fatale is an American film director, screen writer, and producer based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. She has directed several short films including the acclaimed comedy "Girl Talk" and the multi-award winning horror film "The Cleaner." In 2011, Fatale created Chromosome 16 Productions with filmmaker Justin Berger...
“ - Dead Line (short, 2006)
- The Cleaner (short, 2007) ” - lord_ruthven
 
29.
Louisa Fielden
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Atlantis
“ - Mr Lewis (short, 2009)
- Narke (short, 2010) ” - lord_ruthven
 
30.
“ - Distraught (short, 2010)
- I Hate L.A. (2011)
- Scrutinize (short, 2011) ” - lord_ruthven
 
31.
Elisabeth Fies
Producer, I Hate L.A.
The prolific, funny, and fearless writer/director/producer of feature thriller "The Commune", awarded Best International Picture at Bram Stoker Festival. Despite the terrible timing of winning "Best Action Screenplay" by Fade In Magazine and "Best Thriller Screenplay" by Creative Screenwriting Magazine days before the 2007 Writers's Strike...
“ - The Commune (2009)
- Scream Queen (short, 2010)
- Consumed (short, 2010)
- T Is for Torture (short, 2011)
- I Hate L.A. (2011)
- Hard to Do (short, 2011)
- Scrutinize (short, 2011) ” - lord_ruthven
 
32.
Roberta Findlay
Cinematographer, Blood Sisters
Noted adult and exploitation cinema filmmaker Roberta Findlay was born Roberta Hershkowitz in 1948 in New York City. The youngest in a family of three children, Roberta grew up in a tenement apartment in the Bronx. Findlay's Hungarian immigrant parents wanted her to be a pianist. Roberta met her husband...
“ - Take Me Naked (1966)
- A Woman's Torment (1977)
- The Oracle (1985)
- Tenement (1985)
- Blood Sisters (1987)
- Lurkers (1988)
- Banned (1989)
- Prime Evil (1989) ” - lord_ruthven
 
33.
“ - Organ (1996)
- Ido (2005) ” - lord_ruthven
 
34.
Emily Hagins
Emily was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her family moved to Austin, Texas in 1993, when Emily was 8 months old. Emily showed an unusual interest in movies at an early age, particularly The Muppet Movie. As she grew she became increasingly fascinated with movies and would often see movies such as My Neighbor Totoro...
“ - Pathogen (2006)
- Party Killer (short, 2007)
- The Retelling (2009)
- Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear (2013) ” - lord_ruthven
 
35.
“ - Fear Itself (1 episode, 2008)
- The Moth Diaries (2011) ” - lord_ruthven
 
36.
“ - The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) ” - lord_ruthven
 
37.
“ - Spookies (1986) ” - lord_ruthven
 
38.
“ - Sylvie (short, 2010) ” - lord_ruthven
 
39.
Jackie Kong
Director, Night Patrol
Jackie Kong is a director, producer, and screenwriter known for irreverent comedy and over-the-top horror films. In 1983, she made her feature film debut as director with the low-budget drive-in horror film The Being, which starred Martin Landau and Jose Ferrer. In 1984, she followed up by directing and co-writing the breakout comedy Night Patrol...
“ - The Being (1983)
- Blood Diner (1987) ” - lord_ruthven
 
40.
“ - Jennifer's Body (2009) ” - lord_ruthven
 
41.
“ - The Cabinet (short, 2007)
- Doll Parts (short, 2011)
- The Stolen (short, 2012)
- The Pit: A Study in Horror (short, 2013)
- The Meeting (short, 2013)
- Evangeline (2013) ” - lord_ruthven
 
42.
“ - Tales from the Crypt (1 episode, 1989)
- Pet Sematary (1989)
- Pet Sematary II (1992)
- Strange Frequency (2 episodes, 2001)
- Strange Frequency (2001)
- Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005)
- The Attic (2007)
- The Dark Path Chronicles (7 episodes, 2008)
- Dark Path Chronicles: Behind the Characters (2008)
- Dark Path Chronicles: Making Of (2008)
- Mega Python vs. Gatoroid (2011) ” - lord_ruthven
 
43.
Shannon Lark
Actress, I Am Monster
Shannon Lark is a multifaceted actress and filmmaker. Her fearless commitment to complex, multi-layered characters has resulted in ground breaking performances in leading and strong supporting roles. Noted as having "a highly original vision", Lark is also an award winning director, producer, and screenwriter. She resides in Los Angeles, California.
“ - Marburg (short, 2004)
- It's My Birthday (short, 2006)
- Brains (short, 2007)
- Go Ask Alice (short, 2008)
- Lip Stick (short, 2010)
- Cult Vol. 1 (2011)
- I Am Monster (short, 2013) ” - lord_ruthven
 
44.
“ - Silent House (2011) ” - lord_ruthven
 
45.
“ - Smothered (short, 2011) ” - lord_ruthven
 
46.
“ - The Pit: A Study in Horror (short, 2013) ” - lord_ruthven
 
47.
“ - Slumber Party Massacre III (1990) ” - lord_ruthven
 
48.
“ - The Dump (short, 2012)
- The Barista (short, 2013)
- Witches Brew (short, 2013) ” - lord_ruthven
 
49.
Maude Michaud
Director, Dys-
“ - Recessed (short, 2007)
- Frankenstein Unlimited (2009)
- Snuff (short, 2010)
- Hollywood Skin (short, 2010)
- I Hate L.A. (2011)
- Red (short, 2011) ” - lord_ruthven
 
50.
“ - Barbie Girls (short, 2009) ” - lord_ruthven
 
51.
Jen Moss
Music Department, Io sono l'amore
“ - The Morning After (short, 2011)
- Dumped (short, 2011)
- My Brother's Keeper (Or How Not To Survive The Apocalypse) (short, 2012) ” - lord_ruthven
 
52.
Ashleigh Nichols
Production Manager, Sea Rescue
“ - Summer of the Zombies (short, 2011) ” - lord_ruthven
 
53.
Brianne Nord-Stewart
Producer, The Provider
Brianne Nord-Stewart is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker known for writing and directing comedy films and series, and directing music videos around the world. She got her start in Edmonton, Alberta, before moving to Vancouver, BC where she built a foundation for her work. After producing a handful of short comedies, Nord-Stewart began developing and producing series and feature films.
“ - The Provider (short, 2011) ” - lord_ruthven
 
54.
Christine Parker
Christine Parker was born on November 25, 1962 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Christine Patricia Parker. She is a director, cinematographer and producer, known for her feature films Forever Dead, Fistful of Brains, A Few Brains More, Fix It In Post and countless short films including her award winning film The Tell-Tale Heart: Sisters (2016)...
“ - Forever Dead (2007)
- Fistful of Brains (2008)
- Getting a Head in the Movie Biz (short, 2008)
- Dead of the Night (short, 2009)
- Loneliness (short, 2011)
- A Few Brains More (2012) ” - lord_ruthven
 
55.
Barbara Peeters
Writer/director Barbara Peters was one of the few female filmmakers who specialized in entertainingly trashy low budget drive-in exploitation fare in the 70s and early 80s. Peters often worked for Roger Corman's B-flick studio New World Pictures. She made her feature debut as co-writer and co-director...
“ - Humanoids from the Deep (1980) ” - lord_ruthven
 
56.
“ - Howling VI: The Freaks (1991) ” - lord_ruthven
 
57.
“ - Itch (short, 2010)
- Ludlow (2010) ” - lord_ruthven
 
58.
Stephanie Rothman
Writer/director Stephanie Rothman was one of the few female filmmakers who specialized in low-budget drive-in exploitation fare in the '60s and '70s. Her movies are distinguished by gutsy, strong-willed and sympathetic women main characters and a radical libertarian feminist point of view. Stephanie was born on November 9...
“ - Blood Bath (1966)
- The Velvet Vampire (1971) ” - lord_ruthven
 
59.
“ - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) ” - lord_ruthven
 
60.
Sara Seligman
Miscellaneous Crew, Divergent
“ - Hawkins Hill (short, 2010) ” - lord_ruthven
 
61.
Katt Shea
Director, Poison Ivy
Katt Shea was born in 1957 in Detroit, Michigan. She grew up in a quiet Detroit suburb and graduated from the University of Michigan with honors. Shea worked for a short spell as a teacher in the Detroit public school system. At age 19, Katt drove her Volkswagen to Hollywood, California. She did a fleeting stint as a model and briefly attended UCLA...
“ - Dance of the Damned (1989)
- Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater (1 episode, 1994)
- Carrie 2 (1999) ” - lord_ruthven
 
62.
Kate Shenton
Director, Egomaniac
Kate Shenton was born and raised in Staffordshire, by her parents Celia and Len Shenton. She was educated at St Dominic's primary school before moving on to study politics at the University of York. During her time at York, Kate Shenton got very involved in both theatre and film directing. She made...
“ - Bon Appitit (short, 2010)
- Gimp (short, 2012)
- Baby Face (short, 2012) ” - lord_ruthven
 
63.
“ - Office Killer (1997) ” - lord_ruthven
 
64.
Devi Snively
Director, Death in Charge
Devi's unique approach to the horror genre has been likened to everything from the silent classics of Buster Keaton to EC Comics to Tim Burton and beyond. In 2007, Devi was selected as one of only 8 participants in the American Film Institute's (AFI) prestigious Directing Workshop for Women where she...
“ - Raven Gets a Life (short, 2006)
- Death in Charge (short, 2009)
- I Spit on Eli Roth (short, 2009)
- Last Seen on Dolores Street (short, 2010)
- Trippin' (2011) ” - lord_ruthven
 
65.
Jen Soska
Actress, American Mary
Identical twins, writers, directors, actors even stunt players, the Soska sister's have always loved twisted film. Even at an early age, they devoured Stephen King novels, one after another as fast as they could read - and snuck into the over 18 sections at video stores, to critique the bloody images on the backs VHS horror movies and in gore magazines...
“ - Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009)
- Bad Girls (short, 2009)
- WiH Massive Blood Drive PSA 2010 (short, 2010)
- WiH Massive Blood Drive PSA 2011 (short, 2011)
- American Mary (2012)
- WiH Massive Blood Drive 2012 (2012) ” - lord_ruthven
 
66.
Sylvia Soska
Actress, American Mary
Identical twins, writers, directors, actors even stunt players, the Soska sister's have always loved twisted film. Even at an early age, they devoured Stephen King novels, one after another as fast as they could read - and snuck into the over 18 sections at video stores, to critique the bloody images on the backs VHS horror movies and in gore magazines...
“ - Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009)
- Bad Girls (short, 2009)
- WiH Massive Blood Drive PSA 2010 (short, 2010)
- WiH Massive Blood Drive PSA 2011 (short, 2011)
- American Mary (2012)
- WiH Massive Blood Drive 2012 (2012) ” - lord_ruthven
 
67.
Penelope Spheeris
Director, Wayne's World
Spheeris is often referred to as a 'rock 'n roll anthropologist'. In 1974 she formed the first Los Angeles music video production company, ROCK 'N REEL. She concluded her music video work with the Grammy-nominated, "Bohemian Rhapsody" video for "Wayne's World". Spheeris' feature film debut was the 1979 documentary on the Los Angeles punk scene...
“ - Hollywierd (1999) ” - lord_ruthven
 
68.
“ - Hurt (2009)
- Road Rage (short, 2010)
- I Hate L.A. (2011) ” - lord_ruthven
 
69.
Rachel Talalay
Rachel Talalay was born in Chicago Illinois. Her parents, Paul and Prudence, moved to Baltimore to work/teach at Johns Hopkins when she was 4 years old. After studying Applied Mathematics at Yale University, she worked as a computer programmer at Johns Hopkins University. During this time, she met Director John Waters and entered the movie business as a production assistant on his 'Polyester'...
“ - Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
- Killer machine (1993)
- Wolf Like (1 episode, 2001)
- Supernatural (1 episode, 2007)
- Haven (2 episodes, 2010) ” - lord_ruthven
 
70.
“ - Cupcake: A Zombie Lesbian Musical (short, 2010)
- Apple Head (short, 2010)
- The Jelly Wrestler (short, 2013) ” - lord_ruthven
 
71.
“ - The Cobbler's Daughter (short, 2006)
- The Night Caller (short, 2011) ” - lord_ruthven
 
72.
“ - Bloodtraffick (short, 2011) ” - lord_ruthven
 
73.
Kate Tsang
Makeup Department, Shadows & Lies
“ - My Mom and Other Monsters (short, 2013) ” - lord_ruthven
 
74.
Vivita
Producer, Frankenpimp
Vivita is a Canada-based actress/filmmaker (and former model), who was born in Baghdad, Iraq. After t.v. production and extra work, she began to do acting & film-making work, within the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror ( with frequent artistic partner: Tony "Tex" Watt, with whom she shared a love for many various (mainly cheesy) '60's...
“ - Frankenpimp (2009)
- Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus! (2010) ” - lord_ruthven
 
75.
“ - Blood and Chocolate (2007) ” - lord_ruthven
 
76.
Jovanka Vuckovic
Director, XX
Jovanka Vuckovic is an award winning writer and filmmaker. Her university education was in Physical Anthropology. She had a 5 year stint as a visual effects artist, won a Gemini Award for Best Visual Effects, then moved on to edit the horror publication Rue Morgue Magazine for six and a half years. She has been twice-named one of the most influential women in horror...
“ - The Captured Bird (short, 2012)
- Self Portrait (short, 2012)
- The Guest (short, 2013) ” - lord_ruthven
 
77.
“ - Come with Me My Love (1976)
- A Night to Dismember (1983)
- Each Time I Kill (2007) ” - lord_ruthven
 
78.
Reyna Young
Miss Misery's alter ego Reyna Young has been labeled by press as "The Queen of Horror in the Bay Area" She was born and raised in San Francisco! Reyna Young is a Director, Producer, Writer, Model, Actress, Horror Host and Film Festival Director in San Francisco. Ever since she was a little girl she...
“ - Sinner (short, 2006)
- Confession (short, 2006)
- Out of Print (short, 2007)
- Confession 2 (short, 2007)
- Confession 3 (short, 2007)
- The Last Doorway Show with Miss Misery (8 episodes, 2007-2008)
- Miss Misery Christmas Special (short, 2009)
- Welcome to My Darkside! (2009)
- Zombie Attack (short, 2011)
- The End (short, 2011)
- Miss Misery's Movie Massacre (2011)
- Sally (short, 2012)
- Little Miss Muffin (short, 2012)
- Miss Misery's Movie Massacre, Night of the Living Dead (1 episode, 2012)
- Under the Bed (short, 2013)
- Monster of Golden Gate (2013)
- M Is for... Miscarriage (short, 2013)
- A Nightmare to Remember: Volume 1 (2013) ” - lord_ruthven
 
79.
“ - The Shadow Within (2007) ” - lord_ruthven